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Christian Ministry fund starts fast

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Christian Ministry of Lincolnton collected nearly 10 percent of its targeted Christmas Fund total during the first week of donations, organization officials said. The nonprofit, located at 207 Poplar Street, hopes to gather at least $100,000 in financial donations during the six-week fundraiser. Funds not only…

Drug suspects still at-large in ‘Operation Top 40’

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is looking for nearly 20 suspects still at-large in the agency’s sixth drug operation since 2011. “Operation Top 40” commenced Wednesday after a 6 a.m. briefing, headed by Narcotics Lieutenant Jason Reid. He and fellow drug officers carried out a six-month-long…

New kid on the block, sort of

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Eaddy looking forward to serving as elected official ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer It has been almost three weeks since Lincolnton voters elected Martin Eaddy to serve on the City Council. New to the realm of politics, he knows his term will be challenging, and mistakes may be made. But he…

Local students named to All-American Marching Band

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      JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer Two Lincoln County students were among only eight high schoolers across the state picked to play in this year’s United States Army All-American Marching Band. Students throughout the country will unite Jan. 4 on the Alamodome field in San Antonio, Texas, to play…

Love of aviation leads to man’s eclectic collection

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Minnesota native Daniel Neuman is an enthusiast for anything related to his passion for aviation. His hangar at Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport is proof of that, with aviation magazines dating back to the 1940s, propellers from airplanes of decades past, and even the engine from the…

Fire claims Vale house

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Firefighters from three counties battled a residential blaze for more than three hours Wednesday night near the Lincoln-Catawba line, Catawba County fire officials said. A resident of 9279 Willis Road in Vale called the Catawba County Communications Center just after 10 p.m., Catawba…

Sheriff’s Office rounds up more drug offenders

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer “I firmly believe without the aggressive efforts of all our officers and especially our drug enforcement team,” Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter said, “we would be years behind in our abilities to track down and send…drug offenders to jail, and ultimately, prison.” With the unveiling of…

Students help get Santa’s house ready

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Animal Shelter goes ‘no-kill’

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Lincoln County is making strides to provide a brighter future for its local animals. During the county’s Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night, the board unanimously voted to adopt the philosophy and move toward implementing the “No Kill Equation” in their animal shelters. According to a…

McHenry, committee to hold hearing in Gastonia

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ELIZABETH HEFFNER Staff Writer Gastonia will host the first in a series of U.S. congressional hearings Friday regarding the impact ObamaCare has had thus far on Americans. The hearings plan to examine issues surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including the changes in premium costs for healthcare coverage.…